Abstract for: Session Summary: Utilizing System Dynamics with K-12 Educators and Students

For twenty years there has been active work integrating system dynamics into K-12 education using a variety of models. This session will highlight models of interaction that are currently being used across the US as well as one in China. One is a community-based model that draws on the resources of local business, state based non-profits, and public schools to introduce system dynamics to students. The second example highlights group-modeling work with high school students coached by a local social scientist using a system dynamics methodology. The third presents the use of a system dynamics model to help school systems allocate resources and set priorities. The international model from China includes regional and local education agencies that encouraged the use of SD in education. The titles of presentations in this session are: Washington State Coalition, Using Group Model Building to Introduce High School Students to System Dynamics, MinSim, and Open a New Window, Watch the World with the View of System.